Newcastle in line for Lake Boren grant
August 29, 2014
The city of Newcastle is in line to receive a $225,000 King County Flood Control District grant that will help ease flooding at Lake Boren.
The district’s executive committee recommended Aug. 18 that Newcastle receive a portion of $2.6 million in grants available from a newly created program aimed at reducing the impact of local flooding.
“This grant funding will allow the city of Newcastle to address longstanding flooding issues dating back prior to the city’s incorporation,” Reagan Dunn, King County Councilman representing Newcastle and chairman of the King County Flood Control District, said in a news release.
The city of Newcastle’s Lake Boren flooding mitigation project will receive $255,000 to improve the outlet channel by clearing and removing any overflow blockages at Boren Creek.
Newcastle also plans to acquire 3.7 acres of land, which includes the outlet and critical areas, such as stream and wetland and buffers. An unpermitted bridge, which impedes flow, will also be removed.
“We are grateful for this generous contribution from the King County Flood Control District, which will enable our city to acquire land and make improvements that benefit our residents, visitors and the environment,” Newcastle Mayor Steve Buri said in the release. “Reducing and mitigating flooding issues around Lake Boren continues to be a priority for our City Council and with this grant, we are closer to accomplishing those goals.”
City Manager Rob Wyman heaped praise on Laura Frolich, the city’s surface water engineer, for her part in putting together the grant application, at the Newcastle City Council meeting Aug. 19.
The new grant program targets flood-reduction projects throughout King County. Eligible applicants included homeowner associations, private nonprofit organizations or associations, schools, special districts, tribes and King County jurisdictions. Funded projects must be completed within 36 months of receiving funds.
The full King County Flood Control District board of supervisors will take final action on the recommendation at an upcoming meeting.